Living Sustainably: Understanding funding for a stronger community

By Paul Lilly, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute
Holland Michigan Living Sustainably Along the LakeshoreUnderstanding basic government funding and how it can support a sustainable community is the focus of the next installment of Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshores’ continuing educational series.
When citizens receive their property tax statements, they may simply look to see what change there might be in the property values and the resulting tax assessment.
But every few years comes proposals for new or renewed millage levies to support government functions that show up on those bills. Whether operation of the library, support of the regional airport, or funding for public schools, property owners share in the cost. And while each of those operations have
opportunities to provide input with governance boards, most taxpayers do not get involved.

Understanding how tax dollars are divided helps understand how public funding can contribute to sustainable community practices.

The City of Holland has worked to make the yearly budget process transparent, but few citizens become involved and understand the budget. How city residents’ tax funds are divided is represented in the adjacent graphic.
Typically with tax revenues, new initiatives can be funded only by reductions in other programs, so understanding the budget process is vital.
At times, other funds can come into play, such as grants for program startup or contributions from local philanthropic organizations. Or consider the Ottawa County Community Mental Health millage, the only one of its kind in the state.
Another different source of funding is the support for new businesses provided through Lakeshore Advantage, a private organization. Access to funding and other options can make the difference in attracting the type of business we need to grow.
What other issues that would strengthen our community may require additional funding?
 A group is exploring options for a community college in Ottawa County. While we have access to Lakeshore Community College and Muskegon Community College, there are costs and credibility issues with not having our own community college.
 Public transportation is critical for overall growth. The Macatawa Area Transit system has operated for more than 10 years but has limited geographic coverage and scheduling. How could an expanded program be supported?
 Water quality is being addressed by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s watershed activities and Project Clarity, run by the Outdoor Discovery Center. Also, the City of Holland and other government entities are working on storm water management compliance and infrastructure improvements, a local cost burden now with the reduction of federal and state funds.
 Better internet access will be a significant factor in growth. The Holland Board of Public Works is providing fiber access in downtown Holland, but expansion to residents will require considerable planning and funding.
 Efforts to address affordable housing are also underway. We need to expand the availability of such housing, but how will it be supported?
The program at 6:30, Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Herrick Library will explore these types of questions and seek a better understanding of what fully funding programs like these means and how costs can be managed.

 Paul Lilly has been involved with local sustainability efforts for more than 15 years.   He worked with the Macatawa Watershed Project as part of the Citizens Advisory Committee and was a founding member of the Holland Sustainability Committee.  As was part of the team that developed the Community Energy Plan and the startup of the Hope Holland Sustainability Institute.   As a local small business owner, Paul has worked with the West Michigan Chamber and the Lakeshore Local First team.  Paul has provided leadership on several of the LSATL programs over the last three years.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Economic Development: Businesses and the local consumers are driving engines that generate capital for growth and development. We want to be a location of choice for new business and industry.

ABOUT THIS SERIES
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

December 2017 Sustainability News

December 2017 News

December 31, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Understanding funding for a stronger community

December 31, 2017 – Add Shoe Year’s hikes to your resolutions

December 30, 2017 – Obama’s ‘pollution-free society’ is needed to combat climate change

December 30, 2017 – Projects to look out for from Ottawa County Parks and Rec. in 2018

December 29, 2017 – Hope College profs study preschooler sleep habits

December 28, 2017 – 5 things to know about Holland Township’s zoning ordinance rewrite

December 28, 2017 – Higher energy costs accompany bitter cold snap in US

December 28, 2017 – 11 videos that captured the spirit of sustainability in 2017

December 27, 2017 – Director to focus on economics of affordable housing in county

December 27, 2017 – The Slow But Steady Progression Toward Environmental Sustainability

December 27, 2017 – Ask Amy: Celebrate the giving season by donating

December 27, 2017 – Ottawa County approves plans for Parkside Marina redevelopment

December 27, 2017 – The most consequential environmental stories of 2017

December 26, 2017 – Ways to eat more fruit, veg in winter

December 25, 2017 – Hope College students start project to combat hate

December 24, 2017 – What will become of the James DeYoung plant?

December 21, 2017 – LEDs Cut 500 Million Tons of CO2 From the Sky in 2017

December 21, 2017 – China Launches a Cap-and-Trade Program to Cut Carbon Emissions

December 20, 2017 – What the tax bill may mean for energy efficiency

December 20, 2017 – Michigan Supreme Court: Return $554M to school employees

December 19, 2017 – Can You Balance Gift-giving and Sustainability?

December 19, 2017 – EPA Formally Ask Stakeholders How to Change the Clean Power Plan

December 18, 2017 – More Companies Set 100% Renewable Energy Goals in 2017

December 18, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Solar panels system is first for city retrofit project

December 18, 2017 – GTM Research Reports US Solar Installation Slowdown

December 18, 2017 – The Year In Corporate Sustainability: The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times

December 18, 2017 – Advice for breaking down sustainability silos in 2018

December 18, 2017 – 3 Ways to Make a Commitment to Sustainability Your Customers Want to See

December 17, 2017 – Here are some of the largest 2018 projects for Holland

December 17, 2017 – Letter: Volunteer at the Community Kitchen

December 17, 2017 – Bucs Care Food Pantry launched at Grand Haven High

December 16, 2017 – Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty Words

December 15, 2017 – My Year of No Shopping

December 15, 2017 – Superbacteria could soon be eating China’s factory waste

December 15, 2017 – Environmental Management in 2017 – Can You Guess the Top 5 Trends?

December 15, 2017 – Movie review: ‘Downsizing’ makes for a great tall tale about getting small

December 14, 2017 – Mayors tout the importance of energy efficiency in meeting climate goals

December 14, 2017 – Rethinking sustainability: A greener Grand Rapids starts from the ground up

December 14, 2017 – Sustainability: The World’s Change Agent

December 14, 2017 – Central Massachusetts businesses getting creative when it comes to high energy costs

December 13, 2017 – Grand Rapids selected among 12 U.S. cities for Zero Cities Project that targets energy use

December 12, 2017 – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research

December 12, 2017 – 4 Questions for Your Local Organic Farmer

December 12, 2017 – Want to Buy Organic? 3 Steps to Avoid the Fakes

December 12, 2017 – 5 Companies Who Succeed By Prioritizing Sustainability Over Profits

December 11, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Herrick District Library is Holland’s ‘third space’

December 11, 2017 – Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area awards $109,750 in grants

December 11, 2017 – 4 Tips to Improve Electric Vehicle Battery Range this Winter

December 10, 2017 – The Organic Label is the Gold Standard [Infographic]

December 10, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Enbridge agreement a small step in the right direction

December 9, 2017 – Survey: Dune supporters include stormwatchers, ecologists, campers, economists

December 8, 2017 – Holland documentary ‘Wilderness to World Class’ premieres next week

December 7, 2017 – 2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money

December 7, 2017 – This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights from Vogue Here

December 7, 2017 – HOPE COLLEGE’S DAY1: WATERSHED PROGRAM RECEIVES STAKEHOLDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

December 7, 2017 – Outdoor Discovery Center embraces entrepreneurial culture, empowering staff members

December 7, 2017 – Ready for School: 63 percent of Holland-area kids ready for kindergarten

December 7, 2017 – LG Chem Michigan now landfill free facility

December 6, 2017 – Simple ways to give back all year long

December 5, 2017 – Erin Brockovich tied to class action lawsuit over toxic Michigan dumping

December 5, 2017 – Ready for School to hold annual breakfast

December 5, 2017 – Sea turtle released back into gulf where it was rescued by Florida officer

December 4, 2017 – Sustainable Reporting: Lessons From the Fortune 500

December 4, 2017 – Trump signs proclamation to scale back 2 national monuments

December 4, 2017 – What is the home energy rating system (HERS)? [Infographic]

December 3, 2017 – Holland council backs out of collectively asking for DACA 

December 3, 2017 – Hope College gets more ‘Code Blue’ towers

December 3, 2017 – Michigan Roll Call: See how Holland-area legislators are voting in Lansing

December 3, 2017 – Wrap up of police calls in Ottawa, Allegan counties

December 2, 2017 – Michigan Has Its Very Own Dutch Christmas Market And You’ll Want To Visit

December 1, 2017 – Veteran says clean energy is good for the military

December 1, 2017 – Who Will Pay For Nature? How To Catalyze Private Investment In Sustainability

Living Sustainably: Herrick District Library is Holland’s ‘third space’

By Andrea Goodall, Herrick District Library

If you walk into Herrick District Library any day of the week, you are likely to see rich and poor, young and old, people every hue of the rainbow.

In between home (the first space) and work (the second space) is the hangout (the third space). It’s a space where people come together to have a good time, share amongst themselves and learn from others.

Herrick District Library strives to be a third space for the Holland area.

Sociologist Ray Oldenburg pioneered the idea of third spaces in 1989. Informal spaces where people gather over a cup of coffee or a common idea help create a sense of community, stabilize neighborhoods and advance community knowledge. They support a sustainable community.

At Herrick District Library (HDL), people can gather around a lunch from the café, use free Wi-Fi to access the world, study in quiet, isolated spaces, or meet to engage in dialogue in groups of five to 200.

Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore and HDL soon will explore topics as diverse as community policing, seed saving (in anticipation of HDL’s upcoming seed library project), environmental awareness through fly fishing and a Green Commute Expo ahead of the 2018 Green Commute Week. Look for more on those events soon.

What all these events share in common is the purpose of advancing community knowledge and improving quality of life in the Holland area.

The January series “Curious About …” will teach people about a number of technologies that can make the lives of those living with disabilities (and everyone) better. That includes hands-free technology and assistive devices, 3D printing, and free audio and braille books.

Also in January, the preschool fair will give parents of little ones an idea of resources the area has to offer.

The library always has story times for children from birth to 5 years old, instilling a love of language and learning at an early age and giving caregivers skills to teach literacy at home. A new, special needs adult story time is a half hour of fun books, songs and fellowship led by Camp Sunshine staff.

And consider that future leaders aren’t simply born; they are nurtured and grown. Herrick District Library’s Teen Advisory Board, Lakeshore Youth Leadership and Social Justice Club, whose members designed a program that brought together people from across generations to knit scarves for those in need, all work to that end.

And a new Kids Advisory Board will bring youth in third through fifth grades into the fold when it begins meeting in January.

HDL has just too many third space programs to list here, but find more about all these and other events at Herrickdl.org.

— Andrea Goodell is the community relations associate at Herrick District Library.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme

Community Knowledge: The collective knowledge and energy of the community is an incredible resource that must be channeled to where it is needed.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

Holland Board of Public Works 2017 Annual Report

“In this 2017 Year in Review, we’ve explored the idea that Holland is a community like no other, and part of what makes us unique is the quality and innovation delivered through our utility services.” – Dave Koster, HBPW General Manager. Read this full letter in this year’s annual report.

http://annualreports.hollandbpw.com/annualreport2017/

Living Sustainably: Equity and inclusion build sustainable communities

By Esther Fifelski, City of Holland
Racial equity, diversity and inclusion are vital to vibrant communities and build a culture of respect at all levels of the community.

But as members of a sustainable community, are we focused on transactional activities for the sake of activity? For example, are we having a community meeting as a result of an issue related to race, equity and inclusion, with no action plan to address the systemic problem?

Or, are we advocating for transformative change? Transformative change reaps organic change that is sustainable over time. It looks at systems and processes that created the problem. Transformative work changes the environment to fix the patterns that keep communities from experiencing vibrancy for all people.

Here are preliminary initiatives for organizations, businesses or other groups to help build a framework to work toward transformative change:

1. Communicate the vision of equity and inclusion in your vision and mission statement to members of your organization. If you do not address this in your vision or mission statement, you send a clear message to underserved communities that those issues are not important.

2. Articulate that vision’s importance in your training, literature and public relations program.

3. Hold your leadership accountable through the performance evaluation process. Whether you work for a private organization or government, elevate equity and inclusion in every area of your work. If you are a leader, model behavior that you wish to achieve.

4. Welcome dialogue. Having difficult conversations provides a place to start solving the problem. When we work together, we achieve better outcomes for all.

5. As you remove barriers and implement strategies, measure the outcomes and communicate outwardly. Learn from the mistakes and move on!

6. Name and celebrate success. Most people want to engage in successful initiatives.

7. Be patient. Meaningful results, for the most part, happen over time.  Transformative work is sacred work and builds the spirit of the community. This is not about entitlement; this is about working toward mutual benefit. Often times, we want someone else to do the work. Ultimately, we have responsibility to work for better outcomes. Transformative work requires all to engage.

Finally, use the spirit of civil discourse and mutual respect to have difficult conversations. Negotiation and mediation within communities is essential for positive outcomes. The reality of life is that sometimes you lose when you win. Sustainable outcomes may require negotiation.  Sustainable communities value equity and inclusion and leave a framework for the next generation!

 Esther Fifelski is human relations coordinator for the City of Holland.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:
Quality of Life: The community, through governmental, religious, business and social organizations, makes decisions that contribute to its own well-being.

ABOUT THIS SERIES
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

November 2017 Sustainability News

November 2017 Sustainability News

November 30, 2017 – Betsy DeVos approves Michigan’s federal school accountability plan

November 30, 2017 – Plan for Parkside Marina redevelopment presented in full, faces opposition

November 30, 2017 – Holland e-commerce business busy this Cyber Monday

November 29, 2017 – Jeff Goodell’s ‘engaging, often terrifying’ book

November 29, 2017 – 4 great gifts for your green-living friend

November 29, 2017 – Sustainable Apparel Coalition Increases Analytics for Supply Chain Assessment

November 29, 2017 – Businesses Ask EPA to Curb Clean Power Plan at Hearing

November 29, 2017 – This auto mechanic is ready for an electric vehicle revolution

November 28, 2017 – The New Year’s resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home

November 28, 2017 – Lake Michigan water levels expected to continue to rise this spring

November 28, 2017 – 4 Ways Socially Responsible Banks Are Good for You and Your Wallet

November 28, 2017 – Letter: Holland is stuck in the past

November 28, 2017 – Holland-area nonprofits host events, campaigns for #GivingTuesday

November 27, 2017 – A huge investment firm is urging companies to disclose climate risks

November 27, 2017 – Living Sustainably: ‘Energy literacy’ is key for Holland’s future

November 27, 2017 – Kent, Ottawa districts get money to grow farm-to-school programs

November 27, 2017 – Big boost for solar expected from state ruling

November 27, 2017 – Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help your backyard birds

November 23, 2017 – Home Help: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up

November 23, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Democrats must confront mistreatment of women

November 22, 2017 – Good night, night: Light pollution increases around globe

November 22, 2017 – Council narrowly approves long-term Flint water deal

November 22, 2017 – Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet

November 22, 2017 – Esther J. Cepeda: This Thanksgiving, give others a helping of gratitude

November 22, 2017 – The state of sustainability today: Nearly all consumers are involved in some way

November 21, 2017 – The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard *Michigan tied for #11.

November 21, 2017 – Holland Rescue Mission to host annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet

November 21, 2017 – Palisades Power Plant to host public meeting

November 21, 2017 – Holland-area businesses gear up for Black Friday shopping

November 20, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Heat hints and free LED lights make holidays greener

November 20, 2017 – JEFFREY B. JOHNSON OF HOPE CHEMISTRY FACULTY ELECTED AAAS FELLOW

November 20, 2017 – Largest Cocoa Producing Countries Agree to Work with Hershey, Nestle, Mars & More

November 20, 2017 – Landfill or Sustainable Business Park? Michigan County Considers the Question

November 20, 2017 – Top 5 features millennials look for in a home

November 19, 2017 – Newly-formed: Holland-area conservation group holds first meeting

November 19, 2017 – The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero

November 19, 2017 – Guest Editorial: The rest of the world is moving on with global trade

November 18, 2017 – Political analysts discuss Trump at Hope College

November 17, 2017 – Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

November 17, 2017 – 4 Ways Companies Can Reach Millennials With A Message Of Sustainability

November 16, 2017 – Kent County meets with community to discuss sustainability, recycling plans

November 16, 2017 – Scientists warn: Soon it will be too late to save Earth

November 16, 2017 – Fuel economy is going up. Vehicle prices are holding steady.

November 16, 2017 – Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague waterways

November 16, 2017 – Holland Township not likely to allow bees, chickens in residential zones

November 16, 2017 – Homeowner at last reaches a $3,400 settlement for a $100,000 water bill

November 15, 2017 – These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

November 15, 2017 – Holland-area chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby to host first meeting

November 15, 2017 – These five plants can improve a room’s decor — and your health

November 14, 2017 – Weather and climate aren’t the same thing

November 14, 2017 – Investigation into tannery waste disposal expands

November 14, 2017 – Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter

November 14, 2017 – Science confirms Hurricane Harvey was indeed ‘biblical’

November 14, 2017 – Holland planning reconstruction of Hope Avenue

November 14, 2017 – Letter: Parkside Marina represents us all

November 14, 2017 – Letter: Ottawa County-run marina is inconceivable

November 14, 2017 – 7 Tips for a More Sustainable Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Make your holidays a little greener

November 13, 2017 – Trump focuses on trade, fighting terrorism with Duterte

November 13, 2017 – Is the wine in your glass friendly to the environment? There soon will be new ways to know.

November 13, 2017 – Reduce and Reuse at Home [Infographic]

November 12, 2017 – GVSU named top sustainability school

November 11, 2017 – Zeeland Clean Water Plant expansion opens

November 10, 2017 – Gallup study confirms that 2017 really is worse than 2016

November 9, 2017 – Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

November 8, 2017 – 4 Do-It-Yourself Projects Saving You Money on Energy Bills

November 8, 2017 – Michigan composting firm wins top prize at Silicon Valley tech forum

November 8, 2017 – Study: North Carolina’s coastal policies among worst in nation on climate change

November 8, 2017 – Free showing of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ at DeGraaf

November 8, 2017 – Ottawa ISD launches police, schools, fire collaboration

November 6, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Three’s not enough: The eight R’s of recycling

November 5, 2017 – Ottawa County Parks receives grant to fight invasive species

November 3, 2017 – Broad U.S. report says global warming is massive — and caused by humans

November 2, 2017 – Most CO2 Emissions Are Coming From World’s Biggest Companies. What to do?

November 2, 2017 – How churches could turn the obesity epidemic around

November 1, 2017 – Report Reveals Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions Through Public-Private Partnership

November 1, 2017 – Court Hands Victory to Trucking Industry Tied to Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 31, 2017 – Letter: Opposition growing to Saugatuck development

October 31, 2017 – Holland High launches student engineering pathway

October 30, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Healthy food sustains healthy living

October 30, 2017 – Community Action House offers Thanksgiving baskets, seeks holiday donations

October 30, 2017 – Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests

October 30, 2017 – Home Help: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up

October 30, 2017 – November Climate Summit Will Create a Rule Book. What Will be the US Role?

October 29, 2017 – Michigan Bookshelf: “Of Things Ignored and Unloved”

October 27, 2017 – Climate change could hurt chocolate production

October 27, 2017 – Bill package aims to improve early childhood literacy

October 27, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses

October 27, 2017 – Hope students plan DACA support march

October 27, 2017 – Local farmers prepare for cold weather months

October 27, 2017 – How Our Company Connected Our Strategy to Sustainability Goals

October 27, 2017 – What Big Companies Can Teach Small Business Owners About Sustainability

October 26, 2017 – MSU officially open largest solar power array in North America

October 26, 2017 – Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways

October 26, 2017 – IMMIGRATION COALITION ADVOCACY WEEK ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED OCT. 30 – NOV. 7 FOR CAMPUS COMMUNITY

October 26, 2017 – Trump declares opioids a public health emergency

October 25, 2017 – Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children’s Hospital In Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017 – How Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is adapting to climate change’s effects

October 25, 2017 – Michigan Winery and Inn Adopts Energy Efficient Measures for Farm and Table

October 25, 2017 – Hope to host basketball exhibitions to benefit hurricane relief efforts

October 24, 2017 – Controversial Saugatuck development gets approval from planning 

October 24, 2017 – Lake Michigan is now clearer than Lake Superior — but why?

October 24, 2017 – Extreme Weather, Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions

October 24, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Childhood obesity is a problem we need to address

October 24, 2017 – Climate Change Is Costing Taxpayers Billions — and It’s Getting Worse

October 24, 2017 – Action on climate change, inspired by an 800-year-old saint

October 23, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Social diversity enhances area’s sustainability

October 23, 2017 – Reclaimed Asphalt Performance ‘At Least Equal’ to Virgin Materials, Says Skanska

October 23, 2017 – EPA cancels talks by 3 agency scientists at Rhode Island event

October 23, 2017 – Holland, Saugatuck schools receive local produce grants

October 23, 2017 – Seeking ‘common ground’ in climate change dialogues

October 23, 2017 – Mexico takes a big step in addressing carbon emissions

October 22, 2017 – Not everyone with a #MeToo is posting their story; here’s why some are refraining

October 22, 2017 – ‘You are not alone’: Domestic violence prevalent in Ottawa County

October 22, 2017 – Kitch-iti-kipi is an enchanting stop on your UP travels

October 21, 2017 – My Take: Greater interest is to protect Saugatuck Dunes property

October 21, 2017 – Sudanese refugee finds home in Holland

October 21, 2017 – CROP Walk donation

October 21, 2017 – Readers to vote for favorite books at HDL’s Readers’ Choice Awards

October 20, 2017 – EERE Success Story—Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

October 20, 2017 – My Take: Time for Holland to be welkoming to all

October 20, 2017 – This kills more people every year than war, smoking or road accidents

October 20, 2017 – How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

October 20, 2017 – Check out local food, artists in action at Arts & Eats tour of Southwest Michigan

October 19, 2017 – Site of Amazon’s HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

October 19, 2017 – Do ‘Sue and Settle’ Policies Work Against Industry? EPA Chief Pruitt Thinks So

October 19, 2017 – Bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax

October 18, 2017 – The Future of Electric Charging Stations Projected in 4 Simple Maps

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Stabenow introduces bipartisan conservation legislation

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Wolverine’s Decades-Old Toxic Tannery Sludge Dumping Could Lead to Lawsuits

October 18, 2017 – Non-owner occupied Airbnbs now allowed in commercial zones in Holland

October 18, 2017 – Rug Recycling Bill Requiring Carpet Manufacturers to Set Stewardship Programs Passes in CA

October 18, 2017 – Sustainable Packaging Market Growth Driven by Preference, Regulations

October 17, 2017 – The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

October 17, 2017 – Target Commits to New Climate Goals & 100% Renewable Energy

October 17, 2017 – Is Going Paperless Penniless for Corporations?

October 16, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

October 16, 2017 – 5 myths about solar panels, debunked

October 16, 2017 – How to Best Communicate Sustainability?

October 14, 2017 – Holland-area business leaders named to 40 Under 40 list

October 14, 2017 – EPA to clean up Kalamazoo River between Otsego and Plainwell

October 14, 2017 – Ottawa County Parks and Recreation looks forward after busy summer

October 13, 2017 – My Take: Our community, our decision, our fiber

October 13, 2017 – Movie review: New glorious nature documentary shouldn’t be missed

October 13, 2017 – Leaf colors in West Michigan are expected to peak this weekend

October 13, 2017 – Petroleum clean up bill passes the state Senate

October 13, 2017 – Prevalence of invasive stink bugs in Michigan to continue growing, expert says

October 13, 2017 – The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country’s environment

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 11, 2017 – Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

October 11, 2017 – Black River students learn food sources in Market Project

October 9, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Three Holland projects are finalists for state energy awards

October 9, 2017 – EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

October 8, 2017 – Hope College featured in Princeton Review’s green colleges

October 7, 2017 – Holland’s Tulip Time earns top honor from World Tulip Summit

October 7, 2017 – Why Musk is pitching solar panels to Puerto Rico even as residents struggle to get clean water

October 6, 2017 – Trump quietly stalls safeguards for dozens of endangered species

October 5, 2017 – Zeeland Christian students get project help from design firm Disher

October 4, 2017 – 5 eco-friendly tips for cleaning your home

October 4, 2017 – 3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

October 4, 2017 – 7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

October 3, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses

October 3, 2017 – $240 million Holland Energy Park opens with ribbon cutting

October 3, 2017 – Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security

October 3, 2017 – New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

October 2, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Holland Energy Park: Resource, destination, gateway

October 2, 2017 – Ottawa County to purchase historic home in Bend Area park

October 2, 2017 – Sustainable Sourcing a Key Pillar for Prosperity, Says Tetra Pak

October 1, 2017 –New exhibit looks at the Au Sable River